Emergency Communications Response Vehicle
The OCRACES Emergency Communiations Response Vehicle was
decommissioned in December 2016. Until then,
van, which was maintained by the County of Orange, was
available for response 24/7. This vehicle provided communications resources
to the scene of an emergency, disaster, or special event.
workstations provided the ability to coordinate communications using both
amateur radio and public-safety radio systems.
first operating position behind the driver (for HF, packet, APRS, and visual communications)
consisted of a Yaesu FT-100D amateur HF/VHF/UHF transceiver, a Kenwood
TM-D700A amateur 144/440 MHz dual-band transceiver, a Kenwood VC-H1 visual
communicator, and three video monitors. It could send and receive amateur and slow-scan
second and third operating positions consisted of Kenwood TM-742A amateur VHF/UHF
transceivers, Vertex Standard VX-4000 public-safety radios, and Motorola 800
MHz public-safety radios.
vehicle had two cellular phones, a telephone switch, computer network with
printer, and an on-board generator for emergency power.
dimensions of this vehicle were:
Length: 21 feet, 10
Width: 7 feet, 4 inches
Height: Approximately 8
feet, 8 inches (10 feet, 6 inches including antennas)
vehicle did not have four-wheel drive and was not intended for off-road use.
keeping with the role and mission of the
program, this vehicle will eventually be replaced to benefit the Cities and
with an excellent resource.